Paris has always been known as a place of great pastries, but it’s only recently that I discovered the wide variety of food carts and stalls you can find around the city. From Pommes Gaufrettes to those adorable Macarons De Parapluies (umbrella macaroons), Parisian street food is so delicious and unique that it deserves a spot on your next food crawl in France. So, here are my top 5 favorite types of Parisian street food:
The pomme gaufrette is a popular street food in France that’s made from potatoes and can be eaten warm or cold. It’s a sweet, crunchy pastry that’s served plain or with toppings. The pomme gaufrette can be found on the streets of Paris by street vendors and bakeries alike.
In case you were wondering how to say “pomme gaufrette” in French, it would be translated as “apple fritter,” but these pastries are nothing like deep-fried apple slices covered in sugar; rather, they’re more like waffles than anything else.
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Banana beignets are the Parisian street food you’re looking for. A French twist on a New Orleans classic, these sweet morsels are made by frying doughy balls of banana mixed with cinnamon, sugar and egg yolk in oil until they become puffy, golden and crispy outside while remaining fluffy inside. You can find them at any number of kiosks around Paris—here’s one place to start your search.
As with all great street foods, a little bit goes a long way when it comes to these treats: they’re best enjoyed as an afternoon snack on their own or topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce if you have room left after filling up on other more substantial (and less calorie-laden) items!
Macarons De Parapluies (Umbrella Macaroons)
Now that you know the basics, let’s take a look at some of Paris’ most delicious street foods.
These colorful little sweet treats are available in almost every bakery and pastry shop in France. The macaroon is made with egg whites, sugar and almond flour, while the coating is composed of powdered sugar mixed with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
They’re often sold by weight so make sure to ask for your money’s worth! Don’t forget to eat these immediately after purchasing because they won’t last long out of their packaging. I recommend pairing them with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee for an extra treat!
Meringues are a French street food classic. They are white, airy, fluffy mounds made from sugar that have been cooked and whipped until they are light and fluffy. They’re usually eaten plain or with something creamy like ice cream or whipped cream on top.
Meringues were invented in Paris by the chef of King Louis XVI’s wife Queen Marie Antoinette in 1784. The first meringues were made using egg whites and hot sugar syrup poured over them to make the shell harden before being served with cream or fruit preserves on top (or both!).
These days there are many variations of this delicacy including chocolate-coated versions filled with whipped cream inside; frozen versions topped with berries; mocha-flavored ones mixed with coffee syrup instead of vanilla extract; pistachio-flavored ones mixed with crushed nuts inside; even cheese-filled ones stuffed into apples as an alternative dessert option!
The best way to enjoy them is probably just eating them plain while walking around Paris during your vacation – you can find some delicious ones at bakeries or grocery stores throughout France’s capital city so don’t miss out!
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Choux A La Creme
Choux a la creme is a pastry that’s filled with cream. It’s also one of the most popular desserts in France, and for good reason: it’s delicious! The puff can be made into different shapes (like balls or logs), but it’s usually served as an oval-shaped ball filled with vanilla custard.
The outside is crispy and the inside is soft and sweet. The custard filling can be made with chocolate or fruit as well, which makes it even more interesting! There are many different ways to prepare choux a la creme, but they’re all equally delicious.
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Have you ever been to Paris? If not, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s one of those places that has so much to offer that no matter what your interests are, there will be something for you.
The food in Paris is incredible! There are so many different types of restaurants and cafes where you can eat. And if you don’t feel like eating at a restaurant, there are plenty of street foods available on the sidewalks throughout the city.
You may not know this but there’s more than just croissants and baguettes in France! Street food vendors offer tons of delicious options that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater’s taste buds – from crepes to fried chicken sandwiches…no matter how trendy they become here in America (and believe me: they’re already pretty popular). If anything could convince me to visit France again soon…it would probably be these delicious treats sold by street vendors all around Europe!
I think it’s safe to say that I’m always going to be a fan of French food. It’s just so good! But I also love that there are so many different styles and varieties all across this country, from the coasts of Normandy or Brittany up through the mountains of the Alps. If you have any other suggestions for great places to eat in Paris (or anywhere else), please let us know in the comments below!